George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, has a MySpace page entitled, "Only to Be a King Again," in which he looks back nostalgically at what he describes as days of engaging in gang violence and criminality, and "driving around" looking for Mexicans with whom to engage in fights. This is reminiscent of the circumstances in the Trayvon Martin case, in which Zimmerman was driving around armed, looking for people in hoodies, when he came up the unarmed Trayvon Martin.
In the MySpace page, Zimmerman says he was animated by a belief that Mexicans in general are "wannabe thugs messing with people's cars" and that "every Mexican you run into" pulls a knife on you. Clearly, Zimmerman is motivated -- by vast and all-inclusive generalizations -- to confront Mexicans at random on the street, or at least he has said so:
I love the fact that I can still go back home and crash on my boys couch as if i had never left, I can hit my boy up to handle a lil somethin with my sister and he's at my house with his boys on bikes before i hang up with her! They do a year and dont ever open thier mouth to get my ass pinched. My cousins the cruzado's damn i love yall, shirley and frank DONT PLAY! I gotta be honest I miss that. I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book. Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!Apparently, animus toward other ethnic groups and confronting members of those groups on the street has been part of Zimmerman's character for quite a while. The question for the judge who set his parole at $150,000 is whether someone who writes online about willfully seeking ethnicity-associated violence on the street can be safely allowed to walk free among the public. Since he clearly holds animus towards Mexicans and has shot a Black man for wearing a "hoody," how can the Court know that Zimmerman will not commit another color or ethnicity-aroused act while Zimmerman is out on bail?
In the above excerpt, Zimmerman apparently acknowledges having engaged in acts for which someone else was willing to "do a year," without divulging Zimmerman's involvement and alleged potential criminal culpability.
As the ByronCrawford.Com blog suggests,
It's curious that the MySpace page remains visible, since it is embarrassing to Zimmerman and could easily be used against Zimmerman by prosecutors and in a civil suit. The Miami Herald says,
Revealed: George Zimmerman's old MySpace proves he's probably guiltyThe Miami Herald just dug up George Zimmerman's old MySpace profile. Zimmerman's attorney has confirmed its authenticity. You're going to want to click through and have a look. It hilarious. He has lots of great things to say about Mexicans, his ex-hoe and various other crimes he got away with.
A few excerpts for your reading pleasure:
Things George Zimmerman doesn't miss about Manassas, VA, where he grew up:
I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book. Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!This might not be the first time George Zimmerman got away with shooting someone. From his blog:
Good news???? Bout Damn time!!!!!!! 2 felonies dropped to 1 misdemeanor!!!!!!!!!!! The man knows he was wrong but still got this hump, Thanks to everyone friends and fam, G baby you know your my rock!Another case involved one of his ex-hoes:
Out come of first case…… Im still free! The ex hoe tried her hardest, but the judge saw through it! Big Mike, reppin the Dverse security makin me look a million bucks, broke her down! Thanks to everyone for checkin up on me! Stay tuned for the A.T.F. charges……
[A] 7-year old Myspace page called “only to be king again” that makes disparaging comments about Mexicans. The Web page, which his attorney confirmed Tuesday is legitimate, makes reference to 2005 criminal cases and a brush in court with a woman who Zimmerman called his “ex-hoe.”If the page is Zimmerman's and even if it isn't, it points out the current need for defense attorneys to do due diligence and locate information online that might tend to hurt their defense of their clients, particularly when the online posts are seemingly by their clients themselves.
There are several photos of Zimmerman on the page, and in one of them he appears to be wearing the same orange polo shirt that he donned in his 2005 police mug shot. Zimmerman used the name “Joe G.” on the site, and posted a biography that mentions he grew up in Manassas, Va., had recently opened an insurance business and missed all his friends.
Last month, a Zimmerman Myspace page under the username “datniggytb” was taken down.
The real issue in the Trayvon Martin case is whether George Zimmerman was predisposed to confront people physically and violently on the street in association with the skin color and ethnicity of the persons accosted, and whether the a fear that arises after pursuing a person on the street in the dark, based in part of the color of that person's skin, can be sufficient reason to kill the person pursued.
If it can be, then every Black person may find that the only safety under law resides deciding to "Stand Your Ground" (rather than run, as Trayvon did) and shoot the pursuer before one is shot oneself.
Another issue involved is whether the criminal justice system takes crimes less seriously when they are committed by a person with lighter skin against a person with darker skin. Inner-city Mother Goose book of socio-political nursery rhymes included the following poem:
A wise old judge sat in court.Did the local police effectively "convict the man of darker skin" when they decided that George Zimmerman had committed no crime when he killed Trayvon Martin. This case demonstrates that being a descendant of Latinos does not prevent a person from holding anti-Latino animus or anti-Black animus. Facts about George Zimmerman, his Black and Latino friends with brown skin, focus attention squarely on a question of skin color-associated calculus: Did Zimmerman feel freer to hunt and kill Martin because Martin's skin was of a color that Zimmerman believed would not be protected by the criminal justice system when Zimmerman's skin is considerably lighter? Or was skin color not even the primary issue, with Zimmerman out looking for trouble and willing to shoot anyone wearing a hoodie?
The case was long,
His judgment short:
Why change the way it's always been?
Convict the man of darker skin.
Would the result of the one-night police investigation by the Sanford, Florida Police Department have proceeded in the same manner if Zimmerman had dark brown skin while his victim, Trayvon Martin, had the lighter olive skin color of Zimmerman? That's what we are currently discussing.